SHOPPING

Time for a change?

Concierge MD, Rob Nicholas, reports from Baselworld 2016 Queuing for entry into Hall 1 of Basel Watch Fair this morning reminded me of scenes from the start line of the London marathon, with hundreds of competitors bunched together waiting for the crack of the starter’s pistol. Attendees at the ready for the 9am opening An estimated 150,000 visitors are here for the show, which is reported to generate 80 percent of all watch sales for the forthcoming year. Little wonder then at the enthusiasm for the opening. Basel is an...
DINING

Unique Dining Experiences in Dubai

With over 200 nationalities contributing to Dubai’s eclectic culinary scene, the city certainly isn’t short on choice of cuisine, but as an emirate well known for its love of unique dining experiences, there may be times when a traditional meal out just isn’t enough. Enter Dubai’s burgeoning wave of concept dining restaurants. Whether you’re eager for dinner that’s accompanied by a sizeable portion of entertainment or you’d prefer for the evening’s entire experience to take you by surprise, there are several venues that stand out thanks to their progressive approach to...
DINING

Dining at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Located on paradise isle Palm Jumeirah, the distinctive Thai architecture of Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is the first indication that an eclectic experience awaits in every aspect from daycations, to hotel stays and dining. From authentic flavours of the Australian outback to the delicate dishes of Vietnam, Irish chef Maurice Fitzgerald is the at the helm of an impressive dining offering. “I have been in the industry for the last 20 years or so, and have travelled a lot, experiencing different hospitality environments. Based in Dubai for the past 12...
ACTIVITIESWHAT'S NEW

Dubai World Cup – A race to remember

From seasoned race-goers to budding equestrian enthusiasts and trackside stylistas, Dubai World Cup brings together a melting pot of fans eager to revel in the electrifying atmosphere of the world’s richest horse race. Now in its 21st year, the event is a firm fixture not only on the city’s sporting calendar but also on the global stage. While Dubai World Cup 2016 Carnival’s 11-week race schedule officially began on January 7, anticipation has been steadily gaining momentum for months as the hard work and dedication from all those participating culminates...
CULTUREWHAT'S NEW

Equestrian portraits by Dubai artist Michael Arnold

Equestrian portraits are not necessarily the obvious choice for architect turned Dubai artist Michael Arnold, having found local renown mostly for his distinctive depictions of some of the UAE’s most famous buildings. Yet his new, much-anticipated series on horses is a stunning study of these majestic animals, and it’s precisely this impeccable eye for detail that has resulted in a beautiful body of work. From his studio, tucked away down the labyrinthine alleyways of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai artist Arnold blends a keen understanding and passion for horses, with...
DINING

Meet Michelin-starred Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire

With three Michelin stars to his name, a host of top-class restaurants around the globe and a career that spans 40 years, Pierre Gagnaire is a respected master chef. Made famous by his pioneering culinary style, which sees an extraordinary interplay between ingredients, Gagnaire has brought his unique technique to Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire in Dubai – considered one of the city’s finest restaurants since opening at InterContinental Dubai Festival City in 2008. “When I first came here and they explained what they wanted to do with the restaurant I...
ACTIVITIES

Couple’s Spa Treatments in Dubai

There’s not much that can beat luxurious couple's spa treatments, except perhaps being able to share the experience. Paired spa sessions are a great way for couples to take a break from their busy schedules and reconnect while relishing some much needed downtime. Every aspect of the experience is intended to encourage relaxation, from spacious couples’ suites to serene spa settings. Whether you’re searching for an extra-special gift or you’d like to inject a little pre-evening indulgence into your day of romance, a spa date is the perfect way to...
SHOPPING

Dubai Marina Mall – A Shopping Haven in the Heart of the Marina

Perched on the edge of one of the city’s most desirable districts, Dubai Marina Mall’s greatest attraction is undoubtedly its location. The mall has something of a bijou, neighbourhood feel, garnering much of its atmosphere from the cool quarter which has sprung up around the waterway. Luxurious superyachts bobbing on the water beneath towering skyscrapers in any number of shapes and sizes lend an impressive backdrop to the mall’s shopping offering. Spread across four levels, the space presents a good mix of designer labels, highstreet favourites and niche boutiques. Fashion...
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